Things to do in Summer

Welcome to the combined sunniest/driest county in the country – and what a great time to be here! It's warm, the days are long and bright, and there's no better time for a picnic or a dip in the briny…

1 Enjoy the beautiful coast

Holkham beach

Norfolk is blessed with some of the best coast in the country – 90 miles of it! (93 when the tide is out). All of it is great for sandcastle-building, playing games or going for a refreshing swim! The east Norfolk coast has great beaches and dunes topped with marram grass. The north Norfolk coast has enormous beaches, with dramatic cliffs at Cromer and Sheringham, tidal salt marshes at Blakeney and Scolt Head, with huge, dramatic sands at Wells-next-the-Sea, Holkham (voted the best beach in Britain) and Brancaster. Colourful cliffs resume at Old Hunstanton before the mudflats of The Wash take over (shallow water great for kitesurfing).

Norfolk's top 10 beaches

Crabbing in Norfolk

2 Discover the Deep History Coast

Deep History Coast

We have our very own version of the Jurassic Coast – in north Norfolk we have the Deep History Coast. They've found a mammoth, Neolithic flint axes and more recently the oldest-known human footprints outside the Rift Valley in Africa. Yes, Norfolk had the country's first tourists! From around 3,500 years ago we have Seahenge, one of our 7 Wonders of Norfolk. If you want to get a little closer to prehistory, why not visit Dino Adventure! As they like to say, isn't it time you came'n'saurus…

3 We have FAB visitor attractions!


Talking of which, we've got some of the best visitor attractions in the country too! If you want to burn off some energy and behave like Tarzan then we'd recommend Go Ape in Thetford Forest, BeWILDerwood in the Broads, Hilltop Outdoor Centre, Extreeme Adventure or Pensthorpe Natural Park, all in the north of the county.

4 Great terrain for walking and cycling

Cycling at Kelling Heath

We're not as flat as some people suggest… in fact, we're generally very bouncy! But it's true we've not got mountains so Norfolk is a great place to enjoy less strenuous cycling and walking. The county has 11 distinct long-distance walks which cover off every aspect of our countryside, from Broads to coast, from Fens to Brecks… and they're all joined up as well, so you never need stop.

5 We're very well weather-proofed


Norfolk's beautiful countryside is very green and lush, so, yes, it does rain sometimes. If it does, fear you not! We've got great museums where you can shelter and act as if you're archaeologists, Victorian farm workers, Norman knights… anything your imagination allows! You can also stay dry at the Sealife centres in Great Yarmouth or Hunstanton while you watch the marine life get wet, and many attractions have indoor facilities, such as Dino Adventure and Pensthorpe.

6 Visit our very own Downton Abbeys

Blickling Hall

What better time to imagine you're in Downton Abbey (upstairs of course, not downstairs) and wander around the gardens of our stately homes as if you owned them? At Sandringham you can even imagine you're Royalty! Read about the Earl of Leicester of Holkham's favourite Norfolk historic houses here. Oh, and we've got some great castles too!

7 Take a boat on the Norfolk Broads

Boats at Wroxham

If you really want to explore the Norfolk Broads, there's only one way to do it… on a boat! The Broads has more than 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways so it's a very relaxed way of getting into the heart of this unique National Park (and discover that a lot of it is actually man-made!

8 We've got great summer festivals

Crab and Lobster Festival

Summer is the time of carnivals and festivals! Try the Wells Pirate Festival, the Norfolk Food & Drink Festival (the biggest of its kind in the country), the King's Lynn Festival, Lord Mayor's Procession in Norwich or Great Yarmouth's Maritime Festival and Out There or many, many more…

What's On in Norfolk

Top Norfolk festivals and carnivals

9 Make sure you visit Norwich


There are fewer places than our Fine City Norwich to wander around on a summer's day. All the best cities have a river and are easily walkable – that's Norwich. Look out for its great independent shopping, dine al fresco at a pub or restaurant, take in the medieval sights like the Norman Castle and Cathedral, one of our 7 Wonders of Norfolk, amble along the cobbled Tombland, The Lanes and Elm Hill. Or just get yourself an ice cream and sit and watch the world go by.

10 We've got traditional seaside fun!

Great Yarmouth

Indulge in the traditional seaside activities of amusement arcades, eating candyfloss or donuts while strolling along the Prom, or playing crazy golf at our three fab resorts of Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Hunstanton. Great Yarmouth has its Golden Mile of attractions, Cromer has the last end-of-pier show in the country and Sunny Hunny (as we affectionately call it) is one of the best places in the country for kitesurfing.
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